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Hearthside Grove Motorcoach Resort Provides a Gateway For Day Trips to Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Look no further than to start your day trip at Hearthside Grove Luxury Motorcoach Resort. Located in the Northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay you will find a spectacular site to behold. Brother’s Kirk & Craig Rose have developed a resort where people gather with the simple desire to connect with the land and each other. The property consists of 140-acre’s purchased five years ago and from an existing palette of mature trees has developed into a premier motorcoach destination. In an organic environment filled with twists, turns and trees, no two lots have the same size or dimension. People pick out the parcel that best suits them, then create a custom design to match their lifestyle.

An enchanting day trip from the robust, picturesque town of Petoskey on Lake Michigan to remote Whitefish Point on Lake Superior is one of the truly sublime motoring adventures left in America. It is a quietly spectacular trip through what Longfellow called our “primeval forests,” and it was these woods and wetlands that greeted the French voyageurs of the 17th century and that endure largely unchanged today.

The tour, best taken in a comfortable car or RV along well-maintained roads on a bright summer day, begins with a morning trip across the magnificent Mackinac Bridge, whose steely sinews join Michigan’s two peninsulas. This soaring green and alabaster monument rises 252 feet in mid-Straits and is, in this author’s estimation at least, unsurpassed in man-made beauty anywhere.

From the bridge, you’ll stay on I-75 north until you turn onto M-123 as its wanders north and west through the small town of Trout Lake. Continue on through the eastern segment of Hiawatha National Forest and its jackpine, tamarack and northern hardwood trees and shrub-filled marshes. Eventually you end up in the hamlet of Paradise and, a bit further north along the agate-strewn beaches of Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake.

Follow the road nine miles north of Paradise, where you’ll dead end at your destination, Whitefish Point, with the oldest active light on the Great Lakes, and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum that commemorates the 30,000 men, women and children lost in the 6,000 ships that have sunk in the fury of Lake Superior, reputed to be the most treacherous of the Great Lakes. The museum has been called, with good reason, “Home of one of the biggest small museums in America,” by Money Magazine, and “The most compelling Michigan maritime and lighthouse museum,” by Midwest Living. Alongside the museum is a video theater that shows a short film on the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in 535 feet of water just 17 miles from Whitefish Point on November 10, 1975, taking the lives of all 29 seamen aboard. You can climb into the lighthouse, follow the boardwalk to the broad deck that overlooks the magnificent beach of Lake Superior, and of Canada on the opposite shore.

Back on M-123, headed for Newberry, you’ll want to stop at Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls and the river of the same name, explore two-track dirt trails that lead into the unmarked wilderness, unpretentious whitefish restaurants, and half a dozen lighthouses.

Back at Hearthside Grove the master property plan allows for a total of 300 lots over the next few years. Each oversized lot comes standard with a 24-ft x 70-ft brick pad includes state-of-the-art hookups, full irrigation and natural gas for outdoor barbecues. The facility features fireplaces, fire pits and a resort-style swimming pool. Other amenities include a fully-appointed fitness center, wireless Internet, tennis court, fenced pet runs, bocce ball and horse shoe pit. The completion of a 18,000 square-foot clubhouse is quickly becoming a reality.

Come visit Hearthside Grove and marvel at the wonders around us, take in new sites and sounds and remember just how beautiful life can be.

To learn more about Hearthside Grove and to book your reservation, call us at 888-271-6342 or visit us at www.hearthsidegrove.com.

Article written by Fred Gray. Fred is a freelance writer and photographer in Northern Michigan.

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